(CPR) has been adopted by the European
Commission and UK Government and replaces the Construction Products
Directive (CPD); the main provisions, however, will not come into
force until July 2013.
It will be mandatory for products within the scope of harmonised European Standards
(hENs), to carry CE marking if they are to be placed on the UK
For products not covered, or not fully covered, by a hEN, CE
marking may be applied through a European Technical Assessment*
(ETA) issued by a body such as the BBA - this is a voluntary
The scope of the CPR is limited to regulated issues under seven
basic requirements for construction works:
- Mechanical resistance and stability.
- Safety in case of fire.
- Hygiene, health and the environment.
- Safety and accessibility in use.
- Protection against noise.
- Energy economy and heat retention.
- Sustainable use of natural resources.
Requirements vary between EU member states and often relate
directly to national regulations. Therefore, although a product may
have CE marking it may not be suitable for particular applications
or for use within some member states, even though the marking
allows it to be placed on the market there.
Responsibility for ensuring that a product has the correct
characteristics for a particular application rests with the
designers, contractors and local building authorities.
* European Technical Assessments replace
current European Technical Approvals but content of the European
Technical Assessments is yet to be finalised.